CAPE TOWN – President Cyril Ramaphosa said Members of Parliament (MPs) weren’t listening properly when his deputy, David Mabuza, told Parliament last week that electricity shortages were a sign of growth.
Mabuza, who heads the team of ministers dealing with load shedding, made the point that before democracy, relatively few South Africans enjoyed electricity, while now the majority does.
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Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane tackled Ramaphosa about Mabuza’s statement while he was answering questions in the National Assembly on Thursday.
“He told the people of South Africa that the reason for Eskom’s failure is because of growth; load shedding is an outcome of growth. Now, that is outrageous. I would like to know Mr President, is whether you stand by Mabuza’s statement that load shedding is a function of growth?”
To loud heckling from opposition benches, Ramaphosa accused MPs of asking questions and then not paying proper attention to the replies.
“If they had listened carefully, they would have heard that, yes, the load shedding that we are having is caused by a variety of factors.”
He also appealed to MPs to take Eskom’s crisis seriously: “Load shedding is a problem we should not make fun of; we should deal with this matter with the seriousness that it requires.”
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